There are a ton of reasons to go vegan. The health benefits are the biggest--the impact it has on type 2 diabetes, heart disease, cholesterol, stroke and even cancer is huge. The environmental impact--40% of the world's grain goes to feeding livestock, if 1 in 10 people around the globe stopped eating animals, it would free up enough food to feed the 1 billion hungry. You will protect yourself from disease--all foodborne viruses, bacteria and antibiotic-resistant infections come from animals. But even with the knowledge of all of that, you may not be convinced. (BTW, I got my information from Kathy Freston's book Veganist. I highly recommend it.)
So if all that doesn't turn you vegan, try this on for size:
ONE WORKOUT (and I normally do 4-6)
FOUR CENTIMETERS OFF MY BELLY
THREE CENTIMETERS OFF MY UPPER THIGH
I intended to measure at the 1 and 3 month marks when I started. But I can already feel a difference. I don't feel bloated. I don't feel "tight" in my jeans. I know 4 cm is not an amazing amount, but it is something. And it feels good.
I'm going to go out on a limb and say I'm probably not the first mom who is disgusted by that "muffin top" I've had since giving birth. I can do 300 crunches a day, so I know my abs are strong. I can run and run, but that belly bulge just didn't want to budge. I'm shocked at how I feel after just one week. And it totally motivates me to keep up the process.
I've been vegetarian-ish (yes, that's a word) for a long time. If you are a tried and true carnivore, you will probably see and feel an even bigger difference. So I challenge you. Try it for one week and see how you feel. But remember that going vegan is more than just avoiding animal products. Be sure to eat a wide variety of veggies and fruits and legumes and whole-grains. Use healthy oils and avoid the butter and eggs and cheese. Let me know how you do!
(Only had a couple minutes to blog this morning, but don't worry. I will post a few menus and recipes later today.)